“If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.” – Proverbs 19:27.
Proverbs 19:27 reminds us that the key to wisdom is lifelong learning. Graduation from high school or college or even retirement from a career is not a time to stop learning and growing. It is healthy for people to exercise their minds continually. Reading meaningful and informative books and articles is an excellent way to continue learning. That is true of your secular life, and it is true of your spiritual life.
We are lifelong students of Jesus Christ. Without a doubt, Jesus was the greatest teacher of all time. His teachings and His sacrifice were and are unsurpassed. He was indeed the Master Teacher. As a teacher, He was kind and compassionate yet firm and exacting. This great teacher invites all who will to come and learn of me (Matthew 11:29.). We are told to continually “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18). To fulfill the goal of continually “learning to know God better and better” (Colossians 1:10), we must continually read and study God’s Word, learn from what we read, and practice what we learn.
During His earthly walk, the disciples were encouraged to learn about Jesus. They were to watch His walk, witness His character, and observe His attitude. His followers were challenged to learn about Jesus: not just know about Him but know Him – not just learn about Him but learn Him. There was so much to learn because Jesus’ life modeled His words; He lived what He preached.
Being a Christian is learning to know and live for Jesus Christ: learning who He is and what He has done for us and learning to have everything about our lives shaped around Him. This involves learning truths, and it involves learning to live. We do this together as we learn Christ and teach Him to one another.
It is like being an apprentice who spends time with his teacher/mentor, observing him and learning to do what he is doing. As disciples of Jesus, we are also called to disciple one another. Learning Christ is something we need to do together. That’s why gathering together as God’s people in church and small groups is so important. In church and small groups, we grow and learn together in Christ.
Learning to live like Jesus is a lesson in being with Jesus, both in solitude and in community. Before we go out to represent Jesus, we must be molded by Jesus. We can be assured God is with us, and He grows even more apparent in the presence of other Jesus followers. We learn to live like Jesus by being with Jesus and His people.
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” (Ephesians 4:1).
- What are some ways you continue learning today?
- What are some areas you’d like to learn more about? What plan will help you learn in those areas?